With this issue of the Southeast Express we celebrate three years of publishing of and for the community.
It has been an adventure and a great pleasure for all of us involved in gathering the news and sending it to more than 30,000 homes.
The newspaper was the inspiration of Colorado Springs publisher John Weiss and his team, whose newspapers include the Independent, the Pikes Peak Bulletin, the Colorado Springs Business Journal andtwo military newspapers.
Realizing that the Southeast was the only part of Colorado Springs without its own source of news he launched the Express in February 2019 as a nonprofit intended to serve the community.
What the three-year experiment has shown is that a newspaper dedicated to the Southeast can not just survive but thrive. It can collect local advertising and spotlight the heroes in the community. It can cover high school sports and City Council decisions. It can promote local health and safety and also feature the art and creativity of its residents.
But three years in there is still much not yet achieved.
We need to do a better job engaging the entire community and promoting the Express as a platform for the varied and thoughtful voices in the Southeast.
In the coming year we need to:
Recruit more columnists and opinion writers who can help explain the challenges we face.
Publish more listings of Southeast events and do a better job of collecting these important announcements
Engage the community by sponsoring events from coffees, to panels to debates
Listen more, talk less
Be a champion for Southeast interests in education, government, health and religion
Create an advisory committee to provide counsel and critical story ideas
If we can accomplish these important goals, we will be well on our way to publishing the best community newspaper in Colorado.
But we will need your help. Today, tomorrow, next year. We can only achieve these goals with the investment of spirit and vision from the community. There are no requirements for these tasks. All must apply.
Thank you for making this newspaper succeed. We have always counted on your support. A strong Express makes for a strong Southeast.